VMware VCAP-DCA #1

Last week on Twitter I publicised that I received the official document stating I achieved my VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Datacenter Administration Certification in vSphere 4. I’ve known for a few months that I passed the DCA exam because of e-mails that VMware Certification sent out, but what I did not know was my actual certification number.

Participants of the VCP, VCAP and VCDX certification tracks are assigned certification numbers when they successfully pass the required exams for that track. For example, I’m VCP #7315 which I received when I passed the VCP2 exam and I’m VCDX #21 which I received when completing all necessary steps for VCDX certification.

So I received in the mail the typical “Welcome Kit” that you receive with your certificate. In this kit I received the Congratulations letter, my free copy of Workstation, a nice vCAP hat and the actual certificate. To my surprise my number is VCAPDCA-1 which means I was the first person to take and successfully pass the DCA exam. Quite exciting!

I’m a fairly humble person, as most people would say about me, but I am pretty stoked about being #1 and by no means would I consider myself in the same category as VCDX #1. Thank you VMware for allowing me to be part of such as great certification beta program! I can’t wait to see what other great programs you come out with.

Created on February 11, 2011 by Rick Scherer

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3 Comments so far

  1. David Davis
    2:13 pm on February 12th, 2011


    That is super-cool Rick! Good for you!

    All the best,

  2. Amit Rana
    1:04 am on June 7th, 2013

    Hi Rick,

    I have small question about VCAP-DCA exam, as suggested in Blueprint. Is it necessary to perform the task by vMA or CLI. Can’t we perform the task by GUI where possible.

    Thanks and Regards,
    Amit Rana

  3. Rick Scherer
    8:10 am on June 7th, 2013

    There are no specific rules on how tasks need to be performed, which means you can use any means possible to complete the task (vMA, CLI, GUI, etc). However, some tasks can only be performed via vMA, PowerCLI, etc, so you will need to keep that in mind.


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